Faculty Profile


  • 2006-2009: Ph.D. studies in the geotechnical group of Navier Laboratory (CERMES), at École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC, France). Ph.D. Advisor: Professor B. Gatmiri.
  • 2005-2006: Master of Science in Soil and Rock Mechanics and Environmental Geomechanics, from École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC), Ecole Centrale Paris and Paris VI University (P. & M. Curie University).
  • 2002-2006: Civil Engineering degree from École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC), leading Engineering school in Europe.
  • Spring 2003: Three-month research training internship at the Lehrstuhl für Baustatik und Baudynamik in the Rheinish Westfälischen Technischen Hochschule Aachen (LBB, RWTH, Aachen, Germany).
  • 2002-2003: Second-year academic degree of philosophy, Paris I University (Diplôme d’Études Universitaires Générales).

I am a theoretical and numerical expert in damage and healing rock mechanics, thermo-chemo-poromechanics, and underground storage. My group designs and formulates models that link microscopic damage and healing processes to macroscopic rock behavior. For example, we explain how salt grain sliding mechanisms can result in crack propagation and how diffusive mass transfer at grain interfaces can actually heal these cracks. We study crack propagation at multiple scales, in shale for instance, and how crack patterns affect rock strength, stiffness and permeability. We also use principles of micro-mechanics and thermodynamics to understand fragmentation processes in granular assemblies - ballast for example. Recently, I got involved in the NSF-funded Engineering Research Center for Bio-mediated and 


  • Constitutive Modeling: damage and healing in rock, influence of microstructure on macroscopic rock properties, thermo-hydro-chemo-mechanical couplings in porous media
  • Numerical Modeling: Finite Element code development in laboratory-owned programs (in Fortran), implementation of new subroutines in commercial software (ANSYS, ABAQUS, PFC3D), algorithms for the validation and calibration of damage models (MATLAB)
  • Geomechanical Applications: deep geological storage (nuclear waste disposals, carbon dioxide sequestration, high-pressure gas storage), shallow geothermal systems, hydraulic fracturing, ground improvement by jet-grouting, scour and erosion, ballast particle crushing
  • Other Applications: retention properties of cracked cement paste, strength properties of damaged teeth repaired by resin injection
  • Bio-inspiration: network dynamics, burrowing technologies


  • Adjunct Courtesy Appointment, School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Tech, 2014-2017
  • “Future Leaders Program” Membership, ARMA, 2013
  • “Class of 1969” Teaching Fellowship, Georgia Tech, 2013-2014
  • ExCEEd Teaching Fellowship, ASCE, 2012 (“Excellence in Civil Engineering Education”).
  • ENHANCE Fellowship, NSF, 2012 (“Enhance the Career of Female Faculty in Earthquake Engineering Research”)
  • Georgia Tech CEE Inter-disciplinary Research Award, 2017
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2016
  • Ph.D. Prize, ALERT Geomaterials, 2010 (Alliance of Laboratories in Europe for Research and Technology)
  • Ph.D. Special Prize, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, 2010 (ENPC, France)


  • W. Jin, J. Aufrecht, F. Patino-Ramirez, H. Cabral, C. Arson, S. Retterer, 2020. Modeling root system growth around obstacles, Scientific Reports, (accepted).
  • X. Shen, J. Ding, C. Arson, F. Chester, J. Chester, 2020. Micro-mechanical Modeling for Rate-Dependent Behavior of Salt Rock under Cyclic Loading, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, (accepted).
  • F. Patino-Ramirez, C. Layhee, C. Arson, 2020. Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) alignment optimization using ant colony optimization, Journal of Tunneling and Underground Space Technology, DOI: 10.1016/j.tust.2020.103450.
  • K. Ji, C. Arson, 2020. Tensile strength of calcite/HMWM and silica/HMWM interfaces: A Molecular Dynamics analysis, Construction and Building Materials, DOI:10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2020.118925.
  • X. Shen, C. Arson, J. Ding, F. Chester, J. Chester, 2020. Mechanisms of anisotropy in salt rock upon micro-crack propagation, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, DOI : 10.1007/s00603-020-02096-1.
  • A. Bobet, C. Arson, D. Elsworth, Y. Fang, Z. Feng, Q. Gan, Y. Guglielmi, K. Im, T. Ishibashi, G.l Izadi, A. Modiriasa, P. Nelson, J. Pogacnik, J. Taron, I. Tomac, C. Wang, 2018. Rock Mechanics, in: Geotechnical Fundamentals for Addressing New World Challenges, P. Culligan, A. Whittle and J. Mitchell eds
  • C. Arson, E. Berns, G. Akrouch, M. Sanchez, J.-L. Briaud, 2013. Chapter: "Heat Propagation around Geothermal Piles and Implications on Energy Balance", in: Energy Book Series - Volume # 1: “Materials and processes for energy: communicating current research and technological developments”, A. Méndez-Vilas ed., Formatex Research Center, ISBN(13): 978-84-939843-7-3, pp.628-635
  • F. Anselmucci, E. Ando, L. Sibille, N. Lenoir, R. Peyroux, C. Arson, G. Viggiani,G. Bengough, 2019. Root-reinforced sand: kinetic response of the soil, IS-Glasgow 2019, 7th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials, Glasgow, UK, June 26-28, 2019.
  • F. Anselmucci, E. Ando, L. Sibille, N. Lenoir, G. Viggiani, R. Peyroux, C. Arson, G. Bengough, 2018. Quantifying micro-structural changes in sand due to plant root growth, Bio-inspired and Bio-mediated Geotechnics workshop, ISSMGE conference, Atlanta, Sept.13, 2018.
  • L.F. Patino-Ramirez, C. Arson, 2018. Numerical analysis of the plastic zone in drained soil around a pressurized cylindrical cavity under biaxial stress, IS Atlanta 2018, ISSMGE conference micro-to-macro geomechanics from theory to practice, Sept. 9-12, 2018.
  • X. Shen, C. Arson, J. Ding, F. Chester, J. Chester, 2018. Discrete frictional wing crack based damage model for salt rock, IS Atlanta 2018, ISSMGE conference micro-to-macro-geomechanics from theory to practice, Sept. 9-12, 2018.
  • J. Ding, F.M. Chester, J. Chester, X. Shen, C. Arson, 2017. Microcrack Network Development in Salt Rock During Cyclic Loading at Low Confining Pressure. 51st US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium of the American Rock Mechanics Association, San Francisco, CA, June 25-28 2017, Paper 17-0308